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Binding Mechanism For Sports Devices, In Particular For A Snowboard - Patent 7011334

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1. Field of the InventionThe invention relates to a binding mechanism for sports devices, in particular for a snowboard, with a base plate attached to a sports device and for supporting a sports shoe, on which an essentially vertically disposed support element isretained for supporting the rearward collar region or calf region of a sports shoe, and this support element is mounted so as to pivot about a pivot axis extending substantially parallel with the standing plane of the base plate and substantiallytransversely to the binding longitudinal axis, being limited by stops and a binding mechanism for sports devices, in particular for a snowboard, with a base plate attached to a sports device and for supporting a sports shoe, which has at least oneretaining tab at its peripheral regions on either side of its longitudinal axis for retaining a respective leg of a U-shaped or bow-shaped support element and this bow-shaped support element is mounted with or forms a support which pivots to a limiteddegree in the form of a back support.2. The Prior ArtNumerous binding mechanisms are known for board-type runner devices which are used on their own, in particular so-called snowboard bindings, and have a base plate by means of which the binding mechanism can be mounted on the snowboard. This baseplate more or less corresponds in shape and size to the shoe sole of a correspondingly designed sports shoe. As a rule, this base plate is slightly shorter than the sole length of the sports shoe which has to be attached to and released from it. Extensions project vertically from the standing plane in the lengthways peripheral regions of the base plate. These extensions are preferably integrally formed on the base plate and may be provided as retaining extensions extending continuously in thetwo peripheral regions or raised at the centre to form a support frame which is U-shaped as seen in plan view. This U-shaped support frame is intended to surround the heel region of the sports

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